Lone star ticks at different stages of their life cycle, with recently hatched larvae at right. (Credit: Centers for Disease Control)
You can recognize it easily by it’s distinguishing white spot. It’s the lone star tick, a noteworthy creepy crawler that meat-lovers now need to be especially aware of.
Instead of tick-borne diseases like Lyme or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, this tick’s bite can cause its host to develop an allergy to red meat, according to experts, including Dr. Erin McGintee, an allergist at ENT Allergy & Associates in Riverhead. (more…)
As has now been obvious for too long, we have a serious problem with tick-borne diseases on eastern Long Island. These can be challenging to diagnose and treat and sometimes progress to debilitating chronic or even fatal illnesses. More effective methods to control our excessive tick populations and prevent human infections are sorely needed. (more…)
What a silly waste of time.
That’s the only way to characterize the creation of a tick advisory committee meant to help Suffolk’s Division of Vector Control craft a plan to reduce the incidence of tick-borne illnesses in the county. (more…)
A female deer tick on a leaf. (Credit: Daniel Gilrein)
Suffolk’s planning efforts to reduce tick-borne diseases across the county officially starts Wednesday.
That’s when the newly formed tick advisory committee meets for the first time. The 12-member group, made up of health experts, environmentalists, local and county government officials and others, meets at 11 a.m. at the County Center in Riverside. (more…)
An adult deer tick, which are known to carry pathogens causing Lyme disease, babesiosis or anaplasmosis. (Credit: Daniel Gilrein Courtesy Photo)
New data outlining the extent of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in New York State was released Thursday by a state Senate group that also came up with an action plan for combating the spread of such diseases.
Known as the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases, the task force was organized in October amid rising concerns regarding the spread of such diseases statewide.
An adult deer tick, which are known to carry pathogens causing Lyme disease, babesiosis or anaplasmosis. (Credit: Daniel Gilrein)
“Thank God my wife is such a pain in the a–.”
That was how my brother Chris kicked off our phone conversation Monday, days after our mom had informed me he had been suffering from a 102-degree fever, yet still refusing to see a doctor. (more…)
Deer feeding at one of the ‘4-poster’ tick control stations on Shelter Island. (Times/Review file photo)
Get the bug spray ready: Ticks are emerging and looking for warmblooded beings like you and me to snack on. And all too often, the critters leave behind harmful pathogens that put people at risk for illnesses like Lyme disease. (more…)
When I was a boy camping with my family at Wildwood State Park in Wading River, deer ticks were unknown. As a Boy Scout involved in intensive hiking and camping all over this region, neither I nor anyone I knew was ever bitten by a deer tick.
But now Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a huge problem for all of us. Suffolk County was a hotspot for Lyme when it fi rst emerged in the 1970s and it still is, but it’s now just one of many hotspots across the U.S., indeed the world.
We’ve been struck by an epidemic.